I said I'd have more on the Williams case. Not much more to say. It's been submitted/filed with SCOTUS. Recap, Williams is a guy that was carrying his gun home from his girlfriends house. The cops saw him acting squirrelly, his method of carry was not in keeping with Maryland's strict rules, and since there is no way he'd be given a CCW Williams hadn't bothered to try. This got him arrested. This case hopes to clear up where Heller stopped: "Yes we have a right to keep and bear at home, but what about outside the home?"
The OTHER Maryland case is Woollard. This is the SAF case with Alan Gura. There's been some movement on this, as well. It's another CCW case, trying to determine what level of scrutiny the legal system should use when seeking to deny someone his 2nd Amendment rights. A member of our local gun rights forum was AT the 4th Circuit hearing, taking notes.
His impression is that the Judge seems to be leaning in that the state can't essentially deny the right to CCW with their may issue (you need a Good & Substantial reason to get a permit here) restrictions, but the state may be able to cordon off broad swaths of densely populated areas in the interest of public safety. Or until another case settles that. Further impression... the State's attourney is in trouble, and won't like the conclusion. So that could be good news.
This population density thing concerns me, knowing my legislators. Ravens stadium during a rock concert is crowded. Normal tourist day around the Inner Harbor, Baltimore is crowded. A townhouse development in the suburbs is crowded. Heck, even a company softball game with 50 folks playing or watching is crowded in some lights. I wonder where the judge is going with this.
And what will population density do to the folks that already have a CCW but happen to live or work and got threatened in densely populated areas?
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